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Posted: Dec 28, 2018 at 1:35 Quote
ratcat wrote:
The standard hard drive in that machine is absolute wank to be honest. 5400rpm is a disgustingly slow drive for a new pc, it was considered a slow drive in the XP days. That is what’s slowing the work load down. If you can spare the cash right now look into getting an M.2 hard drive, even if it’s only low memory such as 64gb, you can use it for your commonly accessed work files and use the current hard drive as long term storage.

Aside from that drive it’s a pretty good looking machine for the price, honestly confused as to what possessed them to put that drive in, it’s like putting mechanical Tektro brakes as standard on a 2019 carbon enduro bike.

That's even if it has M.2 slots....

Otherwise, I'd just go for a standard SSD, you'll notice a huge improvement over a 5400rpm mech drive.

Posted: Dec 28, 2018 at 2:54 Quote
Yes it does, it specifies in the link he provided. I suggested going M.2 as I’m assuming he probably needs 1tb storage in an ideal world and I’m also assuming it doesn’t have an additional 2.5” bay spare and 1tb 2.5” SSD’s are still damn expensive. Though it is an option.

Posted: Dec 28, 2018 at 11:06 Quote
ratcat wrote:
Yes it does, it specifies in the link he provided. I suggested going M.2 as I’m assuming he probably needs 1tb storage in an ideal world and I’m also assuming it doesn’t have an additional 2.5” bay spare and 1tb 2.5” SSD’s are still damn expensive. Though it is an option.

Can you even take those things apart? I thought that in general those AIO PC's are hell to upgrade and purposely built to make it hard to take apart (if he's going to go for a 2.5" SSD to replace the original crappy 5400rpm one).

That said it does say it has expansion slots BUT it doesn't specify if those M2 slots are PCI-e or SATA so.... Also I'm not sure if it'll allow you to select which drive to boot from so that you can select the faster one.

GP poster should look into Sandisk or Kingston SSD drives which are my go to.

Alternatively if he can get it MyDigitalSSD SBX or their newer SBXe are good drives. I have the SBX in my Xiaomi MiBook Pro and it's a beast.

Posted: Jan 1, 2019 at 11:33 Quote
Thanks for the advice all, i'll look into upgrading the hard drive, from the people in store, all they are saying is that the memory can be upgraded but they are unsure if other components can be, which is worrying...

Posted: Jan 1, 2019 at 12:30 Quote
luke2012 wrote:
Thanks for the advice all, i'll look into upgrading the hard drive, from the people in store, all they are saying is that the memory can be upgraded but they are unsure if other components can be, which is worrying...

I found this video for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_erHSgKXXc

Not the exact same model but seems that it's from the same series/generation. It looks really shitty to take apart might as well grab another 8GB stick of RAM while you're at it so that you have 16GB.

Pick up this drive and it'll make your computer rip: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/kingston-a400-480gb-sata-6gb-s-2.5-solid-state-hard-drive-sa400s37-480g-hd-107-ks.html

Posted: Jan 2, 2019 at 12:46 Quote
Intel Core i7-7820X @ 4.8 GHz | 1.275 V
Corsair H115i PRO cooler
Asus Strix X299-E Gaming motherboard
G.Skill Trident Z RGB 64GB memory
Asus Strix GTX 1080 Ti OC edition
512GB Samsung M.2 for OS
2 x 1 TB Samsung 970 M.2 for storage and games
EVGA SuperNOVA G3 850 watts power supply
Corsair 540 case

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 at 11:23 Quote
Tier1 wrote:
luke2012 wrote:
Thanks for the advice all, i'll look into upgrading the hard drive, from the people in store, all they are saying is that the memory can be upgraded but they are unsure if other components can be, which is worrying...

I found this video for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_erHSgKXXc

Not the exact same model but seems that it's from the same series/generation. It looks really shitty to take apart might as well grab another 8GB stick of RAM while you're at it so that you have 16GB.

Pick up this drive and it'll make your computer rip: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/kingston-a400-480gb-sata-6gb-s-2.5-solid-state-hard-drive-sa400s37-480g-hd-107-ks.html

Brilliant, thank you for your help!

Posted: Jan 9, 2019 at 19:02 Quote
luke2012 wrote:
Tier1 wrote:
I found this video for you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_erHSgKXXc

Not the exact same model but seems that it's from the same series/generation. It looks really shitty to take apart might as well grab another 8GB stick of RAM while you're at it so that you have 16GB.

Pick up this drive and it'll make your computer rip: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/kingston-a400-480gb-sata-6gb-s-2.5-solid-state-hard-drive-sa400s37-480g-hd-107-ks.html

Brilliant, thank you for your help!

Oh. One other thing I forgot to mention. There's lots of tools out there for cloning your drive. One of the popular ones I've been hearing about is Macrium Reflect. Though I used Acronis True Image back in the day since it was bundled with my Crucial drive (I think it's offered with the Kingston SSD's as well).

Lots of guides out there for how to use it to clone.

Posted: Jan 19, 2019 at 19:57 Quote
i5 2320 @3.5Ghz
gigabyte ga-z77-d3h
2x4 corsair vengeance 1600 @1866
coolermaster evo 212
amd hd 6970
ocz vertex 4 256gb ssd
wd black 1tb
thermaltake smart 600w
bitfenix comrad
traded ps3 for the tower without gpu and power supply Big Grin

soon to come
i7 2600k
rx570
considering going liquid over air.
corsair 300r

Posted: Jan 19, 2019 at 23:37 Quote
That was a good deal that, Sandy Bridge i7’s are still pretty damn good, people underestimate the older generations these days at just how capable they still are!

Posted: Jan 20, 2019 at 3:29 Quote
Still have my 3570k in a second system and it’s still a fast little chip.

The 8700k is on another level but still the old i5 has more than enough grunt to keep up.

Posted: Jan 20, 2019 at 4:49 Quote
My main rig is still rocking an i7 3930k (x79) and I feel no need to spend hundreds on going to a new platform as of yet.

To be honest, my all time favourite system has to be my little Lanbox. Its AM2 running a Phenom X4 at 3.0Ghz, 8gb ddr2, a GTX 280 and Windows 7 on a 32GB SSD, High end machine for 2008! (looks it too with green cold cathode lighting!) lol


But that little machine surprises everyone, runs Skyrim on high and GTAV on medium at respectable levels, it may be 11 years old now and be limited by DX10 but for a machine that cost £65 to build including a Windows key and the visual parts for it, its certainly a hell of a little machine.

Posted: Jan 20, 2019 at 8:45 Quote
ratcat wrote:
My main rig is still rocking an i7 3930k (x79) and I feel no need to spend hundreds on going to a new platform as of yet.

To be honest, my all time favourite system has to be my little Lanbox. Its AM2 running a Phenom X4 at 3.0Ghz, 8gb ddr2, a GTX 280 and Windows 7 on a 32GB SSD, High end machine for 2008! (looks it too with green cold cathode lighting!) lol

Oh man... That brings back memories. I remember when you used to be able to pick up Phenom X3's and turn them into X4's since a lot of them were binned X4's but with the 4th core disabled.

I was rocking an i7 920 up until 2 months ago when I picked up a Xeon L5640 for a steal of a deal. $30 CAD shipped to my door. Went from a quad core 45nm 2.67Ghz chip with a 130W TDP to a Hex core 32nm 2.27Ghz chip with a 60W TDP that I've now clocked up to 2.67Ghz with a 158Mhz FSB and no overvolting needed either!

Posted: Jan 20, 2019 at 9:09 Quote
Welp I built a new machine a while ago and never posted.
https://www.userbenchmark.com/UserRun/13992657

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